Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

On-Campus Course Schedule for Fall 2021


Business Statistics

This course will introduce students to elementary statistics for business. Students will learn the foundational concepts of probability, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics, and they will learn the standard techniques that are used to analyze statistical data in a business environment.

Note: This course is required for the Business and Entrepreneurship concentration.

  • Course #: BLHS-227-101
  • CRN: 40083
  • Instructor: Paasch, J.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
  • Syllabus: Download


China in Africa

What is the potential for productive partnerships between China, a powerful country of 1.4 billion aging, increasingly affluent consumers, and the countries of Africa, an entire continent whose billion-plus population is notably young, poor and expected to double by 2050? How can we make sense of China’s current record of infrastructure lending in Africa or the recent uptick in China-Africa trade or the fact that the top mobile phone seller in Africa is a Chinese company we’ve never heard of? To provide some answers, China in Africa (BLHS 403) will explore the on-the-ground realities of China’s increasingly complex engagement with African countries in aid, trade, investment, agribusiness, and technology transfer. It will look at China’s Africa policy as a work in progress, evolving over several decades as China’s economic success sparked Africans’ interest in China as a possible growth model and source of outside finance. It will use country-specific case studies to illustrate the diversity of the Africa response to China: how such factors as local African governance systems, socioeconomic conditions, and negotiating skills have affected the outcomes of Chinese-financed projects. While the China-Africa story is the main event, the course will also assess competing or complementary activities of U.S., European, and Japanese investors and the work of multilateral assistance agencies. Overall, “China in Africa” aims to encourage a data-based assessment at the past and future of China-Africa partnership, a key piece in the globally-connected puzzle that represents our future.

Note: This course meets the Social Sciences Core Area requirement, an International Relations concentration requirement or a Business and Entrepreneurship concentration elective requirement. This course meets weekly online via Zoom.

  • Course #: BLHS-403-01
  • CRN: 40175
  • Instructor: Harrell, P.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


Ethical Leadership

This course offers a selective introduction to the study of philosophy through the critical examination of ethical issues arising within situations calling for responsible leadership. We will apply theoretical principles to selected case studies from professional life, carrying out careful analysis of problems concerning right and wrong surrounding finance, accounting, and investment, marketing and advertising, corporate governance, international human rights, data science, global business, distributive and social justice, environmental policy, and national and global democratic citizenship.

Note: This online course is required for the Business and Entrepreneurship concentration. This course also meets the Philosophy Core Area requirement.

  • Course #: BLHV-231-101
  • CRN: 36935
  • Instructor: Golden, C.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
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Financial Management

This course introduces the theory and practice of corporate financial management and the application of financial management techniques to business decision-making. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial ratio analysis, the time value of money, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, sources and uses of financing, and international markets. Students will learn about data security standards, the importance of data anonymization and methods to identify and prevent insider threats.

Note: This online course is required for the Business and Entrepreneurship concentration.

  • Course #: BLHS-228-101
  • CRN: 41138
  • Instructor: O'Connor, C.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021


Fndmntl Concepts of Modern Sci

This course will help students grasp fundamental scientific concepts developed over more than eight hundred years; these concepts are essential in the understanding of our contemporary world. The students will also have an opportunity to understand how and when the so-called “conflict between science and religion” originated and its evolution through the Galileo conflict until present. Through classroom lectures and discussions, reading assignments, student presentations and issues debates, we will address the complex evolution of arguments at every step of discoveries of scientific concepts about our world and Church’s interpretation of them and in the process we will review and gain appreciation of one of the most exciting intellectual endeavors ever. This extraordinary display of substantive and original ideas which this debate generated for centuries continues today and allows us to enrich the understanding of our present universe from the smallest subatomic particle to the Big Bang expansion of the cosmos and challenges us to make our own judgment about the meaning of it all.

Note: This synchronous online course meets the Natural Sciences core area requirement. Students are required to attend all weekly online class sessions held via the Zoom conference platform.

  • Course #: BLHS-031-01
  • CRN: 36881
  • Instructor: Cautis, D.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


Introduction to Marketing

This course will cover those activities for creating and communicating the message of an organization regarding the goods or services it wishes to offer to customers, clients or members, and will include the concepts of advertising and selling. The course will consider both theoretical and practical aspects of how businesses engage in marketing efforts. Required course for Entrepreneurship and Organizational Leadership concentrations.

Note: This online course meets the Business/Entrepreneurship Concentration Core and a Professional Media/Comm Concentration elective.

  • Course #: BLHS-299-101
  • CRN: 36932
  • Instructor: Fiddler, R.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
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New Venture Creation

The course is designed for the student and working professional who is interested in starting or expanding a business. The emphasis is on the knowledge and skills needed to conceive or capture an entrepreneurial opportunity and then successfully launch a business that adds value to society. The course topics include the place of entrepreneurship in today’s global economic climate, new models for starting a business, recent research on how successful entrepreneurs manage entrepreneurial opportunities, innovative thinking and creation of a new business idea, product or service, identifying the major opportunity a particular business creates or problem it solves, putting names on the customers who will buy the product or service, crafting a profitable and sustainable business model, and finding that unique technology or approach that will excite investor interest.

Note: This online course fulfills a Business and Entrepreneurship concentration requirement.

  • Course #: BLHS-398-101
  • CRN: 38650
  • Instructor: JABARA, J.
  • Dates: Oct 15 – Dec 06, 2021
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Political Theory

For four thousand years, solutions for practical problems in communities (“polis”=cities) have prompted reflection (“theoria”) that accelerated after the pre-modern emergence of competing territorial central European “nation-states”. What is the history and future of political institutions for SCS students specially selected to be promising leaders in a national and global capital like DC, attending the world’s flagship Jesuit University which embodies social justice (among 500 globally and 27 nationally)? You encounter an evolving six trillion dollar worldwide war on terror, an emerging global pandemic of 8.5 million, 450k deaths, 118k in the USA, 270 million global migrants and mass mobilizations of protest in 2000 cities and towns in the USA and sixty nations, against racism, violence, police brutality and for justice and equity for peoples of color, especially “Black Lives Matter”. What common toolboxes of tools can help? This course covers key historical figures, political institutions and processes with main examples focusing on USA national and local government and examples from around the world. Students reflect on their actual or proposed professional experiences within the nation’s capital, nationally and globally. The course is designed to engage highly motivated and talented students who wish to move on to careers in the public or private sector, government consulting, electoral politics, lobbying, homeland security or further academic study. Weekly readings, videos, lectures, posts and class time cover the historic legacy of political philosophy, basic principles of the national government: structure, powers and operations of Congress; the presidency and the Supreme Court, the bureaucracy; citizenship, elections, public opinion, justice system, media studies, political parties, lobbying, civil rights movements and pressure groups—with their theoretical roots (Premoderns; Plato, Aristotle; Moderns; Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Fascism; colonialism; Achebe, Baldwin; postcolonialism, Orientalism and representation; Fanon, Said; Postmodernity/consumerism; Jameson; gendering of citizenship in four feminist waves; critical race theory, Hooks; intersectionality-Crenshaw; LGBTQ, Black, Latinx, Chicanx, Asian, etc). Why does this matter? Today some 190 geographic, political entities called “states” and those sharing a cultural identity called “nations”, include some 87 democracies of different kinds for nearly half the world’s population, amidst global demands in industrializing and post-industrializing regions for “greater democracy” for all citizens “created equal,” whether or not they live in official democracies.

Note: This course is required for the International Relations concentration and meets weekly via Zoom for the fall 2021 semester.

  • Course #: BLHV-282-01
  • CRN: 40861
  • Instructor: Buckley, W.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


Politics of Terrorism

How do bullets and ballots affect each other? This course explores the reality and interpretations of terrorism(s), Torture, Drones, and Humanitarian Interventions focusing on their role(s) in the forthcoming American national election by means of readings, lectures, media, research and focused discussions. Close examination of the political lessons learned from actual cases, yields different (and sometimes rival) interpretive frameworks. Weekly classroom practice in learning and applying these interpretive skills to our unfolding national elections enables students to gain new insights into the politics of terrorism, here and elsewhere.

Note: This synchronous online course meets either a Writing Core Area requirement or an International Relations concentration elective. Students are required to attend all weekly class sessions held via the Zoom conference platform.

  • Course #: BLHV-274-01
  • CRN: 40257
  • Instructors: Buckley, W. , Lewis, P.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


Project Management

This course provides an overview of the theory and practice of managing any project in any organization. The fundamental building blocks of project management are addressed, including project planning, organizing, team building, and effective control mechanisms. Students gain a solid understanding and foundation to successfully manage each phase of the project life cycle, work within organizational and cost constraints, set goals linked directly to stakeholder needs, and utilize proven project management tools to complete the project on time and within budget. Students apply the essential concepts, processes, and techniques that are used in the management of large scale governmental or commercial programs. The key management aspects and proven techniques that differentiate project management from other types of management are fully examined. This course can be used to satisfy the education requirements needed to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam.

Note: This online course meets the Social Science Core Area requirement and a Business and Entrepreneurship concentration elective requirement.

  • Course #: BLHS-424-101
  • CRN: 40084
  • Instructor: Moschoglou, G.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
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State/Rel in Med & Ren Worlds

In this course we will critically read and discuss significant documents and texts that reflect the persistent struggle between the church and the developing secular powers in Europe for dominance in political, economic, and cultural affairs, beginning with the rise of Christianity in the Late Roman Empire and extending through the Renaissance and early Reformation (roughly 400 – 1550 c.e.). Our directed readings will focus on the inter-relatedness of climatic and natural forces, of historical events and movements, of new and alternative political philosophies, and of dynamic cultural changes. Throughout attention will be given to how the readings relate to developing attitudes about religious tolerance, intolerance, violence, and persecution, and to changing understandings about the status of women and gender.

Note: This course counts toward either the Culture Core Area or the Philosophy Core Area.

  • Course #: BLHS-012-01
  • CRN: 40855
  • Instructor: Jensen, J.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


The Human Condition

What makes us human? How much of this is a part of our “nature” (e.g., biological hardware, chemistry, and physiological changes) and how much of it is due to how we are nurtured (our socialization, cultures, and social interactions)? This course explores some of the most central aspects of the human condition and asks, “What makes us tick?” The class explores competing paradigms derived from a combination of studies and research from biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, archaeology, and historical observation. The structure of the course is inspired by the concept of a “hierarchy of needs”—beginning with essential “lower order” aspects of the human condition moving up toward the problems and issues that are more often the focus of life once the essentials of life have been obtained. The course challenges the notion that 21st century human beings are all that different from those that existed in 100, 1,000, or even 10,000 years ago. It also seeks to understand how human behavior can vary so much across cultures now. Reading material for the course also includes a combination of original source excerpts from the world’s religious and legal texts, and philosophers and scientists such as John Locke, René Descartes, B.F. Skinner, John Watson, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Adam Smith, Sun Tzu, Niccolò Machiavelli, Edward O. Wilson. Lecture and the course readings are supplemented with suggested journal articles including current research as well as multimedia excerpts on each week’s topics.

Note: This course meets the Culture and Social Sciences Core Area requirements and a Humanities Concentration Elective requirement.

  • Course #: BLHS-061-01
  • CRN: 36922
  • Instructor: Gray, M.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


The New Millennium

Note: This class is held online with both individual and all-class weekly meeting sessions.

  • Course #: BLHS-111-101
  • CRN: 18282
  • Instructor: Kessler, M.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021


Warrior Women: Antqty/Wndr Wmn

What makes a “warrior woman”? This course will trace the origins of the warrior women from antiquity through today’s pop culture and reflect on the multiplicity of its social, cultural, literary, and political ramifications.

Note: This course meets either the Humanities or Writing Core Area requirement and a Humanities concentration elective requirement.

  • Course #: BLHS-064-01
  • CRN: 40085
  • Instructor: Gomez, J.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download